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## ludwig457 3 years ago Find the area of an equilateral triangle with side of length 18. (Round your answer to one decimal place.)

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1. ludwig457

Area= 1/2 base x height tan(60)=h/18 h=18tan(60) right?

2. ludwig457

should i be using law of sines

3. lgbasallote

why use law of sines?

4. lgbasallote

wait...by law of sines do you mean $\frac{a}{\sin A} = \frac b{\sin B} = \frac c{\sin C}$

5. ludwig457

yes, i have three angles (60) and three sides) so the how would i then find the height

6. lgbasallote

use pythagorean theorem...you have equilateral triangle |dw:1352707222314:dw|

7. lgbasallote

so the height would cut your triangle into two equal parts..|dw:1352707262694:dw| can you see how to get the height now?

8. ludwig457

15.6?

9. lgbasallote

yes

10. lgbasallote

now use your 1/2 bh

11. ludwig457

A=(1/2)(18)15.6)

12. lgbasallote

yes

13. lgbasallote

by the way.. you can also use your solution a while ago... 18tan (60) you don't need law of sines...just use a calculator for that

14. ludwig457

140.4units squared

15. lgbasallote

yes

16. ludwig457

and that solution from earlier would then give me the height?

17. lgbasallote

hmm wait...something's wrong with it...let me find it first

18. ludwig457

should it be 9 instead of 18

19. lgbasallote

yes it should be 9

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